Checking your monthly phone bill made fun

Checking your monthly phone bill made fun
Nowadays, wireless carriers will do whatever they can to protect you from experiencing bill shock. Sure, they are the ones who are causing it to us (or are they?), but since an unhappy customer can mean a lot of trouble these days, it seems it's not in carriers' best interest to upset you.

Checking your monthly phone bill made fun
Carrier 3 has found a very cool way to remove the shock out of the equation for its Swedish customers. It has partnered with design firm Fjord in order to produce an app called "My 3." What this app does is to let the user track their consumed minutes and data using a set of tools which almost make this a fun affair. For example, using the My 3 app, one can see their data usage by time, neatly visualized on a graph. Or, you can see which of your contacts make you consume the biggest amount of minutes. Other cool features of the app let you view your usage for the past 6 months, or compare your statistics with the ones of the average user.

Here's whay Johan Gertell, VP of 3 Sweden, says about the new applications:

Would you like to see your own carrier of choice release a similar tool, allowing you to explore your mobile usage in detail?

source: AllThingsD



1. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Verizon already has a built in app that lets you see where you stand at any time during the month as far as your minutes, texts and data goes. You can put the widget on one of your hoe screens and tap it to check your stats. Sure, it doesn't have as many features as the one in the article, but it tells you where you stand in comparison to your plan. In the end it all relies on the user to look at the information. If someone doesn't pay attention to it, how is it the carriers fault if they go over?

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

jesus! why so many thumbs down for being honest?

3. spookytj

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

You cannot do that anymore. They took that feature away because it made it too easy for the consumer to avoid overage charges. :P or maybe that is just sour grapes. either way, you can't do it anymore. At least not on ICS

6. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Actually the usage widget is still available. It was only unavailable for a few days so they could adjust it to work with the new Share Everything plans.

7. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

And I work for a Verizon retailer and also have a Razr Maxx.....with ICS.... with the usage widget fully functional.

5. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol how many hoe screens do you have?

4. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Thumbs up if you thought carrier 3 meant Sprint

8. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

No. Nobody. OK never mind

9. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Ok, so I spelled "home" wrong, my bad. I too have a RAZR with ICS, and the widget is fully functional. They did try to take it away for a few days, but the outcry was so huge they put it back. Legally, yes LEGALLY, all carriers have to provide a way for you to monitor your minutes, and also have an alert system in place to let you know when you hit certain landmarks. If you have Verizon, and have a minute plan, you will get an alert when you hit 50%, 75%, 100% and 105% of your usage. Same goes for data and texts. Still, the responsibility lies with the customer to call in or go to the website to change the plan if they go over or get close before the end of their billing month. If not, the overage is yours.

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